The Accra Regional Police Command is reported to have detained five officers to assist in investigations of two separate extortion cases.
A recent case is one involving an Uber driver who said to have been forced to by 5 armed policemen aboard an ‘Operation Calm Life’ patrol vehicle to transfer money to a provided number via mobile money.
The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 said the officers if found guilty would not be shielded by the Service, CitiNewsRoom reports.
The police in a statement said on May 21, 2021, a report was received at the Kaneshie Police Station to the effect that around 2:00 a.m., the complainant was onboard an Uber vehicle from Madina to Airport, when about five police officers who were armed and onboard an Operation Calm Life Police Vehicle, intercepted the Uber Vehicle at UPSA road.
“The officers accused him of being a fraudster and arrested him asking the Uber vehicle to go. He reported that the Police Officers forced him to transfer an amount of GHS 20,000 into a Mobile money account and abandoned him to his fate.”
Meanwhile, a driver of an unregistered Mercedes Benz also reported a similar situation at the Achimota Police Station when three uniformed officers drove him to two ATMs to withdraw GHC18,000.